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SharePoint® Server 2010 Enterprise Content Management by Russ Houberg, Brett Grego, Chris Caplinger, Todd Kitta

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Chapter 7

Web Content Management

What's in this chapter?

  • Understanding how the foundational features of SharePoint 2010 enable web content management solutions
  • Learning how content is related to rendered web pages in a user's browser
  • Knowing page components and SharePoint reusability

WCM Overview

Web content management describes the tools and processes that facilitate the overall life cycle of web content. Web content can be something as obvious as HTML and CSS, or richer content such as videos and Silverlight files. Managing web content is, in many respects, similar to managing other content such as documents. For example, many types of content need to go through approval and disposition processes. In addition, many different types of content require check-in/check-out and versioning functionality. Although there are many similarities between managing web content and documents, there are differences as well.

Whereas documents are generally self-contained, web content is spread out across many discrete files. In addition, web pages themselves often require a fixed or semi-fixed format in order to adhere to design standards. By taking advantage of both the core functionality provided in SharePoint 2010 and the WCM-specific functionality it offers, you can use SharePoint to create a fully functional WCM system.

More often than not, WCM in the context of SharePoint is thought of as a system for public-facing websites. However, this is not necessarily the case. The WCM features ...

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